Skin Blues wrote:A first baseman with 30 HR power and an 800 OPS does not have much value at $6M.
$6M is really incredibly cheap for a decent 1B, really. Over the last three years as a part-time player, Napoli has been worth over $10M each year (http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?pl ... position=C
I think we can agree that the important factor is maximizing the return on Napoli, as he himself doesn't have much inherent value to the team as a player. By the time we're competing he'll most likely be overpriced, if he isn't already. You seem to think that he'll boost his value after 2011, which could be true. I really don't think it's a big deal though and we probably wouldn't have got much for him if we waited; probably about the same, give or take. They'd prefer to save a bunch of cash I guess and it's pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme. Like I said in my first post on the topic, he's been traded twice and neither team got much of anything for him. And this coming off a season where he apparently showed himself to be competent at a position on the field and was cost controlled for two seasons. Meh. I don't get the hullabaloo that this has caused, it just doesn't seem very important.
What hullabaloo? I've seen mostly positive reaction to this from the fans and the media. Really, I actually seem to be one of the few Jays fans actually criticizing the loss in value. It's not a huge deal, I just think there were better ways to use the asset that is Mike Napoli.
And yeah.. that's me. Took a few years' hiatus.
Not sure how I remembered something that far back, it's probably because you were a Jays fan.